Originally posted on Variety:
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance that will waive fees on TV pilots, in hopes of recapturing a greater share of production of one-hour drama series that depend heavily on location filming.
A spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that he would sign the measure, which is no surprise given that he introduced it along with Councilman Paul Krekorian last year. Their proposal also waived fees for the first year of pilots that are picked up for series.
Garcetti has said that the fee waiver and other steps are necessary to smooth production headaches, even if the production incentives offered by the state are a much greater enticement. Earlier this year City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, expressing doubts that the fee waiver would be the determining factor in whether a pilot shot in the city, estimated that the impact on the city’s general fund would be a minimum of $231,000 and an unknown larger amount for the first year of production.